Danny Washbrook says Hull FC must keep their completion rates high if they are to have any hope of halting their club record losing streak in the Super League.
The Black and Whites made it nine consecutive defeats thanks to a 38-12 loss at St Helens on Friday night, with the League Leaders’ Shield winners powering away in the second half.
Washbrook and FC were happy with their first-half display which was controlled for the most part and led to Hull only trailing by six points at the break.
But an error-riddled second period from the Black and Whites resulted in being shut out after half-time, while Saints bagged another 20 points without reply.
“It was disappointing again to lose another game. We gave ourselves a chance in the first half but in the second we didn’t,” Washbrook told the Mail.
“At half-time our completion rate was 80 per cent or so and that obviously always puts you in with a chance. That’s why throughout the first half we were so close.
“It was probably half of that after the break and we coughed up far too much ball and St Helens took advantage of it.
“The first half was better than we have been doing of late. We needed to carry that on in the second and we didn’t, so that’s why we are disappointed. We just didn’t perform.
“Lee (Radford) was disappointed naturally at the way we fell away from a good start which was frustrating.”
Radford took aim post-match and heavily criticised his team for poor individual tackling, particularly late in the game, which led to soft tries for the hosts. Washbrook, for one, was quick to echo the thoughts of his coach.
“There were some efforts that we weren’t happy with and obviously they led to tries. That’s not what we want,” Washbrook added.
“Some of them are one-on-one problems and others are team issues we have been having for a few weeks now. We need to keep working hard in training and keep improving. We don’t want to end the season in this fashion.”
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